Monday, December 12, 2011

on the table

My morning started on the operating table, and that's no joke. I was in for minor surgery, to have some suspicious moles I earned these past few years out in the sun removed in case they were trouble. Before the surgery began I was on my back under the bright lights, sanitized and exposed. I was feeling pretty uncomfortable, and a little scared. The surgical staff hooked me up to a heart monitor and the nurse at my side made an odd comment, asking if I was a member of some type of team or sport? I asked why, and she said only athletes and pastors have that kind of heart rate before surgery, steady and slow. I laughed. I told her I had a farm.

She just nodded.

19 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

Good company, then - athletes and pastors, indeed! Good for you for getting these taken care of pre-emptively. I hope you heal up quickly and painlessly.

December 12, 2011 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger Michelle / Simple Pleasures said...

Jenna,
That's great news! Hope you heal quickly. I made that chicken/kale meal you wrote about last week, it was Delicious! I had never had kale before.
xo
Michelle

December 12, 2011 at 8:15 PM  
Blogger Trekout2 said...

Keep an eye on that stuff from here on out... You may need to go to get checked out every six months or very least once a year.. To much sun many years ago..

December 12, 2011 at 8:17 PM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Oy! What a way to start the day! I would have been a basket case... Just the thought of any sort of surgery makes me cringe. Hope you have a swift recovery!

December 12, 2011 at 8:18 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Awesome comment by the nurse, I bet that made your day! I still harken back to my college days (at a paramilitary academy), when I was giving blood, and the nurse was having trouble with my usually easy veins. She told me I had arms like a guy. I want to be that strong again, without the push-ups this time! Farm work is my way too :)

December 12, 2011 at 8:27 PM  
Blogger polly said...

vagal response? might be worth looking into; my hubbie has it and if they give you the wrong drugs it can slow even further... not a good thing!

not meaning to worry you but information is gold; heal fast and well, jenna.
x

December 12, 2011 at 9:16 PM  
Blogger christine said...

I love this post - but not the part about surgery. I hope you heal quickly and completely. I'm sure you know that the sun is no joke.

...and who said farmers aren't athletes anyway?

December 12, 2011 at 11:59 PM  
Blogger farmhousewife said...

you can't scare me! I'm a farmhousewife!

December 13, 2011 at 12:09 AM  
Blogger John Taylor said...

Jenna,

Glad your minor surgery went well. Be careful out in the sun.

Grace and Peace,

John

December 13, 2011 at 12:41 AM  
Blogger PhysicsFysh said...

I've had that surgery tons of times before (ye olde Swede here) but the staff was never kind enough to put me under for it. Hope the results come back benign!

December 13, 2011 at 8:23 AM  
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December 13, 2011 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Plant City Homestead said...

You certainly have learned how to handle stress with farm life.

Make sure you put on sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside, and put on more than you think you need. Remember to put it on your hands too. Keep those fancy hats of yours on every time you are out in the sun. Get good sunglasses too. It will slow the progression of cataracts.

I come from a fair skin family, and have seen way too much skin cancer in those I love. Having skin changes at you age is not a good thing. Please protect yourself from the sun, I don't want you to have to go through multiple surgeries, radiation and horrible scarring. Yep, I am trying to scare you into doing what the doctor's orders. I wish I had known what to do at your age.

End of lecture. :-)

December 13, 2011 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Matt_Middleton said...

That's really interesting! Hope all went well with the surgery :)

December 13, 2011 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

I'm glad that you are back from surgery and well enough to post.

All my Best,
Julia

December 13, 2011 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Tina - Our Rustic Roots said...

Glad it went well and hope you aren't in pain.

December 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Glad you're taking good care of yourself too.

December 13, 2011 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I agree with Joleen, I'm glad to see you taking care of yourself and good for you for wearing your hats. Hope you heal quickly.

December 13, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I agree with Joleen, I'm glad to see you taking care of yourself and good for you for wearing your hats. Hope you heal quickly.

December 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

I agree with Joleen, I'm glad to see you taking care of yourself and good for you for wearing your hats. Hope you heal quickly.

December 13, 2011 at 7:59 PM  

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